CCF News Bulletin for Mon, Nov 6th
Canada-China Focus
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York Centre for Asian Research: "Decolonial Anti-fascism Symposium: Lessons from Māori and Asian Organizing in Aotearoa New Zealand"

When: Tuesday, Nov 14,  9:30 to 17:00 EST 
Where: Keele Campus, York University and Virtually via Zoom

The growth of fascism in Aotearoa is linked to a transnational context that has shapeshifted during the pandemic, instigating a revival of more overt forms of anti-Māori and anti-Asian racism. In recent years, Canadian and UK white supremacist and transphobic figures have visited to spread fascist ideologies, only to be de-platformed by Indigenous and POC coalitional organizing. At the same time, much like in other settler colonial contexts, there has been an absence of political discourse that has been able to name and make sense of fascist and white supremacist violence. 

International Relations

San Francisco Chronicle: "Why the stakes of the APEC summit in San Francisco just got even higher"

Published: Nov 5, 2023
Written by: Christopher Tang

Given President Xi‘s absence at the G20 summit in India in September, his presence at APEC is crucial. It has provided the backdrop for a potentially historic meeting between Biden and Xi to discuss and make progress toward world peace.





The Guardian: "A new chapter: how China sees Albanese‘s ’ice-breaking‘ state visit"

Published: Nov 3, 2023
Written by: Helen Davidson

Chinese state media have previously viewed Australia‘s actions as blindly following the US. Does a resumption of dialogue signal a change?




Counterpunch: "We Need to Disarm the Discourse on China"

Published: Oct 20, 2023
Written by: Cale Holmes & Lawson Adams

From racist tweets to rising hate crimes, the media‘s anti-China propaganda has created a climate of aggression. Two weeks ago, a man drove a car into the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, yelling “Where‘s the CCP?” Arab Americans have been targeted during the Persian Gulf War, the War on Terror, and U.S.-backed atrocities in Palestine. It‘s no surprise that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are in the crosshairs of white supremacy as the U.S. targets China. 





Asia Times: "Why We‘re Seeing Shifting Patterns in Global Manufacturing"

Published: Oct 31, 2023
Written by: John P. Ruehl

"The Chinese manufacturing sector is resilient to headwinds"




The Issue Is: "Interview: Gavin Newsom in China"

Aired: Oct 20, 2023

We sit down with California Governor Gavin Newsom in Shanghai, China, as he wraps up his week long trip to China. We discuss his meeting with Chinese President Xi, how Kobe Bryant played a role in their discussion, how the Chinese media covered him, and what's next on the climate front. We also discussed high speed rail, homelessness, COVID lessons and more. "The Issue Is: with Elex Michaelson" is California's statewide political show.
Security and Defense
- Reactions from Canada and China -

Government of Canada: "Minister Anand announces a ban on the use of WeChat and Kaspersky suite of applications on government mobile devices"

Published: Oct 20, 2023

Effective October 30, 2023, the WeChat and Kaspersky suite of applications will be removed from government-issued mobile devices. Users of these devices will also be blocked from downloading the applications in the future.

China Daily: "National security weaponized by Ottawa in app ban: China Daily editorial"

Published: Nov 1, 2023

By banning TikTok in February and WeChat and Kaspersky now, Canada has made its definition of "security risk" clear: anything produced by China or a country Canada doesn't have friendly relations with poses a security risk. That neither WeChat nor TikTok nor Kaspersky has been found guilty of snooping or "stealing" personal information or intruding on the privacy of users, which apps made by Western companies are often found doing, is of least concern to Canada.





CBC News: "Canadian military chopper buzzed by Chinese fighter jets, DND says"

Published: Nov 3, 2023
Written by: Murray Brewster

A Canadian military helicopter operating in the South China Sea had a close encounter of the unfriendly kind with Chinese fighter jets, the Department of National Defence (DND) has confirmed.
Zhang Xiaogang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense,  said in a statement on Saturday that a helicopter from the Canadian HMCS Ottawa frigate approached the Chinese airspace in the Xisha Islands recently with unidentified intentions. During the process, the Chinese People's Liberation Army organized naval and air forces to identify and verify their purpose in accordance with the law, and repeatedly called out warnings, but the Canadian helicopters not only refused to respond, but also made provocative actions such as flying at extremely low altitude.

Historical Reflections

The Guardian: "Sparks by Ian Johnson review – China‘s underground historians"

Published: Nov 1, 2023
Written by: Amy Hawkins

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson tackles a difficult subject via China‘s “counter-historians” who, through various mediums including documentary, fiction and even woodcuts, feel compelled to create a record of China as they see it.

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Decolonization, Anti-Racism, Peace

Resources & Reflections on the Israel-Palestine Conflict

In line with our mandate to advocate for global decolonization, justice, and peace, here we include resources on the Israel-Hamas war, in light of the ongoing horrors taking place.

Podcast - "Don't Call me Resilient" & The Conversation: "Why the Israel-Gaza conflict is so hard to talk about"
Published: Oct 26, 2023

"On Don‘t Call Me Resilient, our two guests today both say our institutions need to make room for a true dialogue — where decolonization is not a bad word. They say a contextual, historical analysis is crucial to moving forward — both at home and abroad."




Article - The Conversation: "How women in Israel and Palestine are pushing for peace — together"
Published: Oct 17, 2023
Written by: Siobhan Byrne

"Representing Israeli-based Women Wage Peace and Palestinian-based Women of the Sun, this feminist peace coalition called on political leaders to negotiate an end to the bloodshed and resolve the conflict between Israel and Palestine."




Report - Arab Canadian Lawyers Association: "Anti-Palestinian Racism: Naming, Framing and Manifestations"
Published: April 25, 2022

ACLA‘s Anti-Palestinian Racism report is a resource that provides a description of anti-Palestinian racism; explains how it operates to silence discourse on Palestine; and outlines the impacts of anti-Palestinian racism on individuals and the broader community.